USDA invests in electric loans for Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WEHT) – The US Department of Agriculture announced Monday that the USDA is investing over $313.4 million to help build and improve rural electric infrastructure in Kentucky.

“Big Rivers Electric Corporation and East Kentucky Power Cooperative should be commended for their dedication to their customers,” said USDA Rural Development Kentucky State Director HIlda Legg. “As it has for over 80 years, Rural Development remains dedicated to helping our partners improve electric infrastructure and provide safe and reliable electricity in rural Kentucky.”

Big Rivers Electric Corporation, headquartered in Henderson, will be using a $160.48 million loan to build and improve 34 miles of transmission line.

Big Rivers serves more than 117,000 residential and commercial customers in 22 counties.

East Kentucky Power Cooperative is also receiving a loan to build and improve transmission line.

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(This story was originally published on November 4, 2019)

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